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Whether you don’t feel like lugging around a store-bought ground blind, your hunting budget has already dried up for the season, or your store-bought ground blind doesn’t match the foliage on your new lease, you may be looking for natural ground blind ideas. 

Luckily, building a ground blind from natural materials is simple and can be a very effective concealment method. 

For some hunts, hidden blinds are crucial to a successful harvest, and there are plenty of simple hunting blinds you can build using only the materials in your hunting spot.

The only real downside to using a natural ground blind is your exposure to the elements should the weather turn bad. For some, this isn’t a problem, believing it’s all part of the hunting experience.

Understandably, others would like the comfort and protection that a hub ground blind has to offer.

In this article, we’ll explore a few natural ground blind ideas that’ll help you fill your tags this season. 

1. Clipped Foliage

Since you’re likely carrying a knife with you, try using clipped foliage from your hunting setting to create a hidden blind.

If there are numerous twigs, sticks, or small fallen limbs around you, you may just have to gather clippings without creating any new ones. 

Consider creating a blind with clipped foliage the day before your hunt so that you can remain stealthy and quiet during your actual hunt. 

Also, bear in mind that clipping living trees or shrubs may not be allowed on public lands. Check your local jurisdiction’s rules and read the regulations brochure for your public management area closely. 

  1. Brush Piles

You can use clipped foliage or scattered debris around you to make a brush pile or two for concealment. 

This is the easiest method for creating a natural, simple hunting blind—all you have to do is gather some foliage (and throw in some extra clippings if you need to) and pile it up in front of your chosen sitting location.

Just make sure the piles are the ideal height for seated shots. 

You can use these as very effective turkey hunting blinds where the open fields are in constant use by the birds as they focus on mating or competition. 

  1. Foliage Stuck in the Ground

Hunters can also stick clipped or scattered foliage vertically into the ground around their chosen sitting spot to create a natural screen. 

Dove hunters, for instance, sometimes gather dogfennel from their hunting setting and stick the hearty stems into the ground around their hunting stool.

But, there are two important things to remember when sticking foliage into the ground to create a blind:

  • Make sure you can see over the blind while you’re seated.
  • Remember to leave a small gap for your hunting dog to use as an entrance and exit. 

2. Camo Burlap

A long, wide piece of camo burlap makes simple and easy hunting blind. While you’ll have to bring the burlap into the field yourself, it creates an easy, effective, and reversible blind. 

Just stretch a long piece of burlap between two trees, and secure it with zip ties or bungee cords. Once you’re done hunting, simply take it down and carry it home. 

If you need to create a blind on the day of, a piece of camo burlap is an excellent idea.

Putting them up doesn’t make much noise, and you can create a stealth shield by standing behind the blind while you raise it. 

3. Fallen Trees

Hiding behind fallen trees in strategic locations is one of the easiest ways to conceal yourself in the field. 

Having more than one tree to hide behind is ideal when looking for the perfect fallen tree to use as a natural blind. 

You’ll also want to ensure that you have enough visibility to see and fire upon your targets within range and make sure that the fallen trees leave enough room to maneuver your weapon. 

4. Holes, Pits, or Small Depressions

If you’re hunting on your own land, digging a small depression near a prime hunting spot can give you an excellent place to hide. If you’re hunting on a private lease, make sure to ask the landowner’s permission before digging any holes. 

Dig a hole in an existing clump of shrubbery, or plant some around the hole for use during future hunting seasons. 

Or, seek out existing, natural depressions in the landscape where you could shoot from a sitting or prone position. 

5. Limb Enclosures

If you’re hunting on a private lease or your own land—or even in a public management area, if local regulations allow it—and have a few days to kill before the season opens, consider making an enclosure out of fallen, medium-sized limbs. 

Create a box-shaped frame with limbs that you can lift. Make notches in the limbs with your knife for stability, if needed. Remember that you’ll only need a blind tall enough to cover yourself in a sitting position; make sure you’ll be able to see. 

Line the frame with horizontally stacked or leaning limbs to create a three-sided blind. While you won’t be able to take it with you once the season ends, it might still be standing next season!

Creative Natural Ground Blinds

With a little bit of creativity and sticktoitiveness, you can create a simple, effective ground blind made from natural materials in your hunting environment.

When that store-bought ground blind just doesn’t blend in, or you just don’t feel like carrying it into the field, channel the innovation of hunters of yore and create a unique, simple, and effective blind with just the natural materials around you.

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